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Fine Modern & Antique Arms - November 2022

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BOSS & CO.
A RARE PAIR OF LIGHTWEIGHT 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 8263 / 4,
for 1935, 27in. nitro chopperlump barrels, the ribs engraved 'BOSS & CO. 41, ALBERMARLE STREET, PICCADILLY, LONDON. W.' and gold-inlaid '1' and '2' at the breech ends, 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. and 1/4 choke, toplevers gold-inlaid '1' and '2', automatic safeties with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' details, removable striker discs, gold-inlaid cocking-indicators, Boss patent full self-opening systems, rolled-edge triggerguards, best fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, No.1 retaining some original colour-hardening and finish, No.2 retaining much original colour-hardening and finish, 15in. highly-figured stocks including 7/8in. horn buttplates, weight 6lb. 4oz., in their lightweight leather motor case with later trade label

Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that the guns were ordered on the 7th February 1935 by Gerald L. White as a pair of 12-bore two trigger self-opening guns with 27in. barrels.
The No.2 gun was originally made with modified and full choke, this was relieved by the makers in 2010 to match the No.1 gun


Literature: In his definitive book on Boss & Co., Donald Dallas informs that Boss & Co. developed a full self-opening system in the 1930's which was used 'to a limited extent' during this decade, the first being recorded in 1933. He states that self-opening guns are very rare, 'a mere fifty-six being recorded in the records'



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Estimate £18,000-22,000

S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act




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